The future of sexual liberation is cyborgization. IUDs blur body and device; Truvada’s chemical logic muddies the negative/positive bifurcation as part of a brave new world of the undetectable and the uninfectable. Does this pharmaceutical realism make us more reckless, promiscuous? Do we care?
There is no sexual freedom, nor any freedom at all, without access to base material needs. The pathology of capitalism bounds behavior by limiting and stratifying access to the most fundamental resources, strangling those whose work has been devalued—or is only valued at $7.25 an hour—while it chemically colonizes our bodies and brains. But perhaps there is a PrEP for economic insecurity. Proponents of Universal Basic Income suggest giving everyone enough cash to get by might inoculate us against the global pandemic that is capitalism—but if money stays in the equation, is this virus going anywhere?